Book Cover Something Happened in our Town Marianne Celano Marietta Collins

An honest conversation about racial injustice, this book gives parents a tool to broach an important and sensitive topic in a way that any one can understand.

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

Free, downloadable educator materials (including discussion questions) are available at

Reading Level: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Page Count: 40
ISBN: 978-1433828546

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